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North Carolina Biotechnology Center Reviews

Updated August 8, 2017
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  1. "Good mission, work/life balance, and employee relationships. Not as many options for career advancement in all depts."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at North Carolina Biotechnology Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission to expand an important industry in North Carolina resulting in more robust economic activity, research, innovation and jobs. Good work/life balance for employees and good relationships and camaraderie among employees.

    Cons

    In some departments, not much career growth opportunities.

    North Carolina Biotechnology Center Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – VP Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. The Biotech Center strives to live its mission which is to accelerate life science technology-based economic development through innovation, commercialization, education... More


  2. "Needs true leaders with the courage to be authentic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at North Carolina Biotechnology Center full-time

    Pros

    Employees who really want to make a difference. Pleasant physical environment.

    Cons

    Every several years, the organization tries to reinvent itself. Unfortunately, it always reverts back to department silos and territorial behavior. Open communication is an empty word. Employees quickly learn that if they challenge the status quo they will be driven out of the organization or at the very least, marginalized until they leave on their own. Many disengage and become resigned that nothing can change.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror - YOU set the tone for the organization. You say you want to improve morale but then discount the results of the employee survey. It is not safe for employees to speak up. You don't want to look at anything unpleasant or make hard decisions. Just pretend everything is fine. The biotechnology center could BE so much more; it could DO so much more. It will never rise above mediocrity with the current senior management at the helm.

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    "New leadership and fresh blood needed badly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at North Carolina Biotechnology Center full-time

    Pros

    You won't be overmanaged. Nice facilities.

    Cons

    Leadership is utterly absent. Programs and people are stuck in 2007. Most of the employees are basically civil service clerks, which makes no sense in the dynamic biotechnology industry. Very low morale. Lazy, idle management counting the days until retirement. No ambition.

    Advice to Management

    Find fresh talent that cares and give them responsibility instead of relying strictly on tenure when choosing leaders. Hold people accountable and demand competence. Set performance standards. Make tough decisions.

    North Carolina Biotechnology Center Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – VP, Corporate Communications

    Namaste and greetings. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. There are many activities in process related to implementation of the Strategy that we developed last year. Every... More


  4. "NC Biotech Center- a pleasant place to work with the right boss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at North Carolina Biotechnology Center full-time

    Pros

    Nice work environment- Different units in separate places but easy to interact with colleagues
    Conference Center hosts relevant events, good networking that employees may attend if registered.
    Company has library and staff that can provide support to employees
    The Biotechnology Center serves as a meeting place for the biotechnology community in RTP region; once again good way to stay connected.
    Nice colleagues
    Good relationship with local biotechnology companies and the public

    Cons

    Organization has become more top down from a time when it was much more horizontal.

    In my position I had limited growth potential, as my supervisor had me doing the same tasks each year, despite my requests to learn about different areas/crosstraining. This all depends on who your Vice-President is.

    The projects I worked on were so specific that it made it very difficult to find a new position upon leaving. I don't think anyone takes the term "transferable skills" very seriously anymore; if you don't have recent direct experience in doing the job you seek, then you better know someone at the company

    North Carolina Biotechnology Center Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – VP, Corporate Communications

    The Biotech Center strives to be well-connected to the state's life science community, and I'm glad that you were able to take advantage of the networking opportunities. We are a small organization... More


  5. "Great place to work. Great people."

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing and Communications in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at North Carolina Biotechnology Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    NCBiotech is a great place to work. As a former employee, I was able to work on a wide variety of projects. The mission of the organization is to bring jobs in the life sciences to North Carolina. All of the staff are motivated to achieve this goal.

    Cons

    Dependent on funding from the NC General Assembly. Needs to be less reliant on state funding in this political environment.

    Advice to Management

    Create a development plan that is less dependent on the capricious nature of the state legislature for funding. The biotech community could serve as one source of funds for the organization.

    North Carolina Biotechnology Center Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – VP, Corporate Communications

    One of the great things about working at the Biotech Center is the breadth of our work, and the opportunity to make an impact on so many different things. Ultimately, we like to think that we are... More


  6. "Great Place, Uncertain Budget"

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    Current Employee - Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxx in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Xxxxxxx Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxx in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at North Carolina Biotechnology Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people with a mission to bring biotech jobs to North Carolina. As a long-time employee who was laid off, I hope my next opportunity is as fulfilling.

    Cons

    Funding is set by the NC General Assembly. They cut annual funding even though NCBiotech was fulfilling its mission. This lack of vision by our lawmakers have will allow other states to gain an edge on the strong foundation built by NCBiotech. One only needs to look at the growth in the life sciences made by Virginia, Maryland and others to see this.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new source of funding via development. Offer more services on a fee-based schedule. Consider out-sourcing administrative overhead to qualified contractors.

    North Carolina Biotechnology Center Response

    Mar 13, 2017 – VP, Corporate Communications

    Yes, 2013 was an extremely difficult year for the Biotech Center. We cut our spending and our staff by about one-fourth. Since then, our funding has stabilized. We realigned our programs and recently... More